And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadlything, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
In our opening scripture Jesus describes a peculiar breed of supermen—the new creations in Christ Jesus—that’s us! We’re the impregnable breed. We have the power to cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, and if we drink any deadly thing, we remain unscathed. These are the signs by which we’re recognized.
Acts 27-28 gives credence to the underlined portion of our opening text. The Apostle Paul with two hundred and seventy-six other passengers were journeying on a ship to Rome, but they found themselves on the Island of Malta because their ship had broken apart due to the stormy weather. While the natives of that island built a huge bonfire to keep them warm against the cold, Paul pitched in and helped.
Act 28:3-5 says: “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand…And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.” A venomous snake bit Paul, and its deadly venom had no impact on him! He merely shook it into the fire and kept on with what he was doing.
The man in Christ is a new creation; thus, he’s unassailable—immune to attacks and incapable of being overcome by the enemy. If everyone around him was “catching the flu,” he would remain unflustered because the life in him cannot be infected by any deadly thing—poison, sickness, disease or infirmity!
Christ in you makes you impregnable to all the attacks and machinations of the evil one. That’s why Jesus said in Luke 10:19 that nothing shall by any means hurt you! The life in you makes you superior to Satan, and secures you against sickness, disease, infirmity, defeat and failure.
I’m a new creation in Christ Jesus; I have the life of God in me! I’m superior to satan, and I’ve overcome the world. I am seated together with Christ in the heavenly realms, far above all principality and power, where I reign and rule as a king in this life.
2 Corinthians 5:17
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